Last week I left a note on Laura's desk
It said I love you signed anonymous friend
Turns out she's smarter than I thought she was
She knows I wrote it, now the whole class does too
And I'm alone during couple skate
When she skates by with some guy on her arm
But I know that I'll forget the look of pity in her face
When I'm living in my solar dome on a platform in space

Cause it's gonna be the future soon
And I won't always be this way
When the things that make me weak and strange get engineered away
It's gonna be the future soon
I've never seen it quite so clear
And when my heart is breaking I can close my eyes and it's already here

I'll probably be some kind of scientist
Building inventions in my space lab in space
I'll end world hunger I'll make dolphins speak
Work through the daytime, spend my nights and weekends
Perfecting my warrior robot race
Building them one laser gun at a time
I will do my best to teach them
About life and what it's worth
I just hope that I can keep them from destroying the Earth

Cause it's gonna be the future soon
And I won't always be this way
When the things that make me weak and strange get engineered away
It's gonna be the future soon
I've never seen it quite so clear
And when my heart is breaking I can close my eyes and it's already

Here on Earth they'll wonder
As I piece by piece replace myself
And the steel and circuits will make me whole
But I'll still feel so alone
Until Laura calls me home

I'll see her standing by the monorail
She'll look the same except for bionic eyes
She lost the real ones in the robot wars
I'll say I'm sorry, she'll say it's not your fault
Or is it?
And she eyes me suspiciously
Hearing the whir of the servos inside
She will scream and try to run
But there's nowhere she can hide
When a crazy cyborg wants to make you his robot bride

Well it's gonna be the future soon
And I won't always be this way
When the things that make me weak and strange get engineered away
It's gonna be the future soon
I've never seen it quite so clear
And when my heart is breaking I can close my eyes and it's already here


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    General CommentMy first ever JoCo song. I heard it on a podcast. This guy is amazing. He released 52 free songs in a year called thing a week and they are all amazing. (yes, even resolutions) And this song is just perfect, the way it's so blunt. Because, seriously, how many of us have not considered taking over the world in the name of love?
    LoserKid101on January 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I've been there—dreams of taking over the world in the name of claiming some lovely lady as your robot bride. Who hasn't?
    Veiton October 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthings will get better in the future is a pretty obvious moral. the girl he likes will eventually be his (but against her will), he'll be respected(, or feared), and he'll be a genius...and a cyborg...awesome.
    Shikaruon February 17, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI am in the same age bracket as Coulton and remember seeing how cool the world was SUPPOSED to be by the time I was in my 30s. Our Weekly Reader had all these stories about how science was going to launch us to Buck Rogers-style awesomeness where we, the geeks, would inherit the earth. Well, the geeks are inheriting the Earth and we are all wondering where our monorails, Mars bases, and cybernetic upgrades are.

    On the bright side, I did get the girl. No coercion, threats, or mind-control devices necessary.
    NightRavenon March 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs, and the first of Jonathans that i'd heard. I was 14 at the time, and my quest for world domination was just beginning, and it described my social awkwardness and fear of rejection very well.
    KillOZapon February 04, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationIn the messed-up Western model of courtship and marriage, guys go after ladies and it doesn't always work out.

    This song is gentle guidance that it's ridiculous to want to force someone to marry you, or anything like that. You can stack your cards and see what happens.

    The problem is that most people can't handle this sort of reckless and insane cultural model, then blame themselves instead of their culture. Arranged marriages are superior and ubiquitous. The West is retarded. At the altar of individual choice, we sacrifice the better part of our lives chasing after increasingly unmarriable and incapably selfish fellow-Westerners.

    The song is also about sci-fi geeks who retreat into fantasy because the real world is terrible, thus making things worse. They should all know better, but as long as someone is making a dollar off their souls, any warnings to the contrary will be squashed, they'll just keep cooking up the kinds of stories that appeal to sci-fi fans.
    histmyston November 28, 2014   Link

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